Kinda late to be included in games maybe the Next-gen after PS3, Xbox360 and WiiA New Competitor in the Next-Gen Format War
Posted on: August 27, 2006 @ 5:23 pm by Nick Knudson.
Filed under: News
We all know the battle between HD-DVD and Blu-ray is in full swing, and we are all just waiting to see which one will take center stage. But now a new format poses a threat to both of these formats, bacteriorhodopsin (bR). Say what? I will explain.
Now this is somewhat old news, but we just heard about this via a post on our forums. Professor Venkatesan Renugopalakrishnan of the Florida International University, has been woring with a team to engineer a protien coated DVD that is currently capable or storing about 200GB of data, but has the potential for about 50,000GB (nearly 50TB (terabytes)) of data.
The protein, called bacteriorhodopsin (bR), captures and stores sunlight to convert it to chemical energy. When light shines on bR, it is converted to a series of intermediate molecules each with a unique shape and colour before returning to its ‘ground state’. The intermediates generally only last for hours or days. But Renugopalakrishnan and colleagues modified the DNA that produces bR protein to produce an intermediate that lasts for more than several years, which paves the way for a binary system to store data. “The ground state could be the zero and any of the intermediates could be the one,” he says. The scientists also engineered the bR protein to make its intermediates more stable at the high temperatures generated by storing terabytes of data.
This work, which is being funded by many different types of US military organizations, as well as the European Union, is expected to hit the market in about 18 months, as an afordable alternative to other types of optical storage.
But 50TB! maybe when 50TB HDD comes out you can save your files or back them up using this